With the recent development of head-mounted display (HMD), both Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are being reintroduced as Mixed Reality (MR) instruments into the design industry. It is never so easy for us to design, visualize, and interact with the immersive virtual world. This session will investigate the workflow to visualize a design concept trough AR and VR. We will use virtual DAAP project as a vehicle to explore 3D simulation with mixed reality. Using the DAAP building at the University of Cincinnati as a wayfinding case study, the multi-phase approach starts with defining the immersive system, which is used for capturing participants' movement within a digital environment to form raw data in the cloud, and then visualize it with heat-map and path network. Combined with graphs, survey data is also used to compare various agents' wayfinding behavioral related to gender, spatial recognition level, and spatial features such as light, sound, and architectural elements. The project also compares mixed reality technique with the space syntax and multi-agent system as wayfinding modeling methods.
This session includes both a seminar and project demonstration format and develops techniques for VR and AR technology as they influence the process of visualizing and forming human and computer interactions. The session will discuss the connections among different immersive techniques for real-time visualization as a critical methodology in the design process. The session will also examine the current technical, physiological and cognitive constraints relate to the immersion and interaction in virtual reality and augmented reality.